TiE Delhi NCR is organising the 3rd edition of its Global Summit from Nov 29th 2018. And US-based Ms. Asha Jadeja Motwani, the celebrated Silicon Valley venture capitalist, serial angel investor, entrepreneur, philanthropist and founder of ‘MakerFest’ in India and Africa is going to attend the TiE Global Summit III (November 29-30, 2018) as a keynote speaker at one of the sessions of the event, the largest Global Entrepreneurial Leadership Summit in the world.
The summit this year will dwell on Entrepreneurship: Driving Employment, Driving Growth as the theme. The summit will witness participation of 61 chapters of TiE from across the globe.
The event, being held at the Taj Palace hotel, always triggers an assemblage of top industry leaders, decision-makers, startups, innovators, investors, influencers and professionals and creates an unparalleled global platform for established and aspiring entrepreneurs.
This year TiE Global Summit will cover an array of topics related including Govtech and Digital Transformation, Fund of Funds, Angel Investments, Youth Entrepreneurship, Retail, Healthcare, On-Demand Services, Textile & Fashion, Investing In India, Sports, Media & Content, Women Entrepreneurship, Social Entrepreneurship, Logistics, Fintech and Biotech, etc. It will also feature a Social Impact Track, for startups in the space to pitch their ideas to a coveted investor panel.
Asha Jadeja Motwani is wife of the late Stanford Professor Rajeev Motwani, an internationally acclaimed computer scientist, theoretician, angel investor and the architect of Google’s algorithmic architecture that powers the world’s leading search engine today. He mentored Larry Page and Sergey Brin, the co-founders of Google Inc in 1998, at Stanford University.
During her Delhi visit, California-based Asha will make some big-ticket announcements having an important bearing on the startup ecosystem in India. She will announce the launch of MITLI (Motwani Institute of Thought Leadership in Innovation), a one of a kind think tank that enables a curated annual exchange between top scholars at Stanford University in computer science, political science, material science, international security, and education, and their counterparts in South Asia. She will also recruit MITLI India (regional) board, potentially teaming up with Indian universities, NGOs, think tanks, and government.
“MITLI will be a permanent organization designed to more systematically address the challenges of startups through our unique entrepreneurship empowerment programmes. Our goal is to extend the boundaries of research in key academic fields such as computer science, economics, political science, policy design, education, and health-tech, to scale new heights in human-centric development. Student exchanges between Stanford and South Asia will fuel key new vectors in our own research and teaching agenda,” points out the venture capitalist, who has invested in more than a hundred Internet and high social impact startups in the Bay Area, Boston, New York, Africa and India, some of which have gone on to become public companies.
“My vision is to catalyze innovation and entrepreneurship in India at the grassroots level,” she elaborates. “We have deep roots in Silicon Valley and our primary region of current activity is South Asia. We have a dynamic hub in Venice (Italy) that jumpstarts our companies with unprecedented access to design and European pilot customers. We are also architecting a core technology platform that will leverage Blockchain for providing instant capital to the unbanked.”
Asha has a string of trailblazing initiatives that prove the accomplishments of her extraordinary career. Little wonder then, she has been lauded by Tata Sons Chairman Emeritus Ratan Tata for her exemplary goals and vision.
Her US-based Motwani Jadeja Foundation (perhaps the first ever US 501c3 with a venture fund of its own) is a non-profit, global fund, designed to transform entrepreneurial individuals into creative change makers. It supports and collaborates with leading institutions, companies and innovators from around the world. These include: Stanford University, University of California Berkeley, MIT, Google, startups in Silicon Valley, Acumen Fund NY, TED, IIT Kanpur, TiE Global, and Jumpstart.
Born and raised in India, Asha went to America as a graduate student in the 1980s. She completed her doctoral studies in urban planning, civil engineering and political science from University of California, Berkeley and Stanford. She now lives in Palo Alto, California.
Asha is listed as a key executive in the Directory of Venture Capital and Private Equity Firms. She was the Founder of Dot Edu Ventures along with her late husband. Later, she launched the annual Rajeev Circle Fellowship, with the objective of developing a dynamic corridor of entrepreneurship, collaboration and community between Silicon Valley and South Asia. In particular, it helps Indian entrepreneurs connect with entrepreneurs, mentors and angel investors in Silicon Valley.
The group of mentors for Rajeev Circle Fellowship has around 300 members from Stanford University, UC Berkeley, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Google, and various portfolio companies Asha and her husband funded over the last 15 years.
Inspired by California’s Maker Faire, she introduced Maker Fest first in Africa and later in India, Brazil and Pakistan to support and encourage entrepreneurs. In India, the event is held annually in Ahmedabad and has branched out to Kochi in 2018. She is also creating a network of Fablabs around the world, to help spark off distributed manufacturing using just in time creation, tinkering and deliveries.
As one of the Patrons of the Kochi Biennale Foundation (KBF) that conducts the Kochi-Muziris Biennale (KMB), India’s only biennale showcasing international contemporary art, Asha is now a widely respected collector of art by cutting edge Indian and South Asian artists.
About TiE Global
Founded in 1992, TiE Global (The Indus Entrepreneurs), is a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering entrepreneurship around the World. TiE strives to inspire entrepreneurs through mentoring, networking, education, incubating and funding programs and activities. With nearly 2000+ events held each year, TiE brings together the entrepreneurial community to learn from local leaders, as well as each other.